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How to Survive the End of the World

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Join Autumn Brown and adrienne maree brown, two sisters who share many identities, as writers, activists, facilitators, and inheritors of multiracial diasporic lineages, as well as a particular interest in the question of survival, as we embark on a podcast that delves into the practices we need as … read more

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Justice at the Detroit Podcast Festival

October 22nd, 2020

53:55

This is a Detroit love affair of an episode. For How To Survive's first appearance at the Detroit Podcast Festival, we invited two Detroit based …

Charlene Carruthers for President: Facing Election Resistance

October 15th, 2020

46:11

We are reposting this episode to help you prepare for and understand the ways to engage electoral politics. We are also committing this week to …

Beyond Survival

October 8th, 2020

1:02:14

For this week's episode, Autumn and adrienne sit down with Ejeris Dixon (@ejeris) and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (@brownstargirl), the editors of Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative …

Being with Terror (with updated audio)

October 1st, 2020

1:21:29

An earlier version this episode contained some misaligned audio. Sorry about that!

The sisters turn and face the terror and grief of living through times of great transition and turning. We call in special guest Malkia …

Election in End Times

September 24th, 2020

1:14:48

We are reposting the Brown sisters 2018 conversation with  Three Point Strategies,’ Jessica Byrd (@JessicaLBYRD) and Kayla Reed (@iKaylaReed) from Action STL. We cover basically everything we need to know about engaging …

True Journey Is Return

September 17th, 2020

1:15:05

Autumn and adrienne return to each other. Ursula le Guin wrote, "true journey is return", and in this conversation the sisters discuss the many ways …

Guest Podcast: Tomi Adeyemi Crafts Fantastic Worlds with Words

August 27th, 2020

34:56

Before we come back with a full fall slate of episodes, we want to share this episode of Your Attention Please from Hulu and IHeartRadio.

In 2019, …

The Auburn Conversation

August 14th, 2020

1:02:55

adrienne and Autumn were recipients of Auburn Seminary’s 2020 Lives of Commitment Award, which celebrates women of moral courage. This episode is an audio recording of the Auburn Conversation, a live event bringing the …

Queer Astrological Technologies, Live from the 2020 AMC!

August 1st, 2020

1:36:42

adrienne and Autumn are joined once again by the incomparable queer astrologer, Chani Nicholas (@chaninicholas), author of You Were Born For This, in …

On Listening

July 20th, 2020

43:57

This episode is a bit different, a three part exploration of listening featuring a short interview with Sterling Toles, and the reading of two pieces …

Guest Podcast: Fortification

July 8th, 2020

1:12:08

As our summer break continues, we're so excited to feature an episode from our friends at the Fortification podcast. 

Future: Spiritual and political …

Guest Podcast: Tarot for the End of Times

July 2nd, 2020

24:40

2020 is an Emperor Year, a 4 year, so we thought it would be particularly helpful to uplift episode 7: The Emperor, from Tarot for the End of Times, …

Introducing - Parable of the Sower: Chapter 1

June 25th, 2020

37:05

A podcast diving into Octavia E Butler’s Parable of the Sower/Talents, hosted by Toshi Reagon and adrienne maree brown. Produced by Kat Aaron.

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Apocalypse Survival Skill #10: Lessons

June 12th, 2020

1:07:52

Autumn and adrienne reunite for the finale episode of the miniseries. We create a collective altar and read aloud the names of beloveds lost inside …

Apocalypse Survival Skill #9: The Right to Defend Ourselves

May 29th, 2020

44:02

We live in a fundamentally violent society. We have the human right to defend and protect ourselves, but for many of us the means of doing so seem …

Apocalypse Survival Skill #8: Casa de Salud

May 23rd, 2020

55:34

We survive by building the new world in the shell of the old, and our new world will need a health care system. How do we transition from a health …

Apocalypse Survival Skill #7: The Internet is a Place

May 16th, 2020

1:08:16

Now more than ever we are relying on the internet to satisfy our basic needs and desires. This begs the question, what are apocalypse survival skills …

Apocalypse Survival Skill #6: The OODA Loop

May 7th, 2020

1:15:44

We bring you part two of Autumn’s interview with So and Pinar, the love organism behind Queer Nature. We discuss the potential dangers of being on the move in an apocalyptic situation, and how to mitigate them. We also …

Apocalypse Survival Skill #5: Tactical Hope

May 1st, 2020

1:16:45

What behaviors and choices make the difference between life and death in a disaster? What are the skills that will matter most in a crisis, and how do we learn them? Autumn interviews the brilliant founders of Queer …

Apocalypse Survival Skill #4: Braiding Seeds

April 23rd, 2020

45:22

Any scenario of systemic collapse involves a question of how we sustainably feed ourselves and our communities. For a visionary answer, Autumn turns …

Apocalypse Survival Skill #3: Where There is No Doctor

April 17th, 2020

1:04:09

We continue our miniseries with a conversation about how we access medicine, health, and healing when our under-resourced and fragile medical systems are overwhelmed. Autumn interviews community herbalist Lauren …

Apocalypse Survival Skill #2: Making Home

April 10th, 2020

47:45

During this time of economic collapse, many of us are wondering how we will create and maintain homes, if and when we can’t afford to rent or buy. …

Apocalypse Survival Skill #1: Shelter in Place

April 2nd, 2020

1:06:35

We kick off the Apocalypse Survival Miniseries with a special focus on social distancing inside the pandemic. Autumn interviews long time New Yorker Maryse Mitchell-Brody (instagram.com/itsmarysemb) about mutual aid, …

Staying In with Emily and Kumail

March 27th, 2020

8:04

Beloved Survivors, as we work away on our upcoming survival mini-series, we have another special guest treat to share. You might know Kumail and …

This is Irresistible!!!

March 24th, 2020

8:07

Meet Irresistible: a community of practice in collective healing and social change.

Formerly known as Healing Justice Podcast, their show is all …

Hello Beloved Survivors: Talk To Us

March 18th, 2020

1:59

We're here today to ask you a question. What are your strategies for intimacy and connection to other humans during this time of social distancing? We're working on a survival series we're planning to release next month …

Coronavirus: Wisdom from a Social Justice Lens

March 12th, 2020

1:11:28

In this bonus episode from Healing Justice Podcast, we bring you advice about how to adapt your travel and gatherings, timely medical information, invocations, grounding practices and reflections from the March 7, 2020 …

Guest Podcast: Decolonizing the Crone

February 19th, 2020

55:17

North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green drops blessings like ripe mango into our laps. Walls breathe a heavy sigh of relief as she shreds the …

Guest Podcast! - Possibilities Podcast featuring adrienne marie brown

February 5th, 2020

1:07:28

Guest Podcast: Possibilities Podcast

This episode features a rich, laughter filled conversation with social justice facilitator and New York Times best-selling author of Pleasure Activism, adrienne maree brown!

We talk …

It's Hard Out Here for a Prophet

January 22nd, 2020

55:44

Surprise! In honor of Martin Luther King Jr’s holiday, and to herald the arrival of black history month, we bring you this very special episode, and …

Flowers After the War

January 10th, 2020

49:18

The Brown Sisters wrap season 3 with a reflection on what they are proud of from the last year and the last decade, and what intentions they are setting for the year ahead. Plus a teaser of season 4!

music by Tunde …

Bending Towards the Future with Toshi Reagon

December 24th, 2019

59:12

The Brown Sisters are coming to you live from the Majestic Theater in Boston, in a gorgeous event sponsored by Emerson College. We welcome back to …

Sashay Away from Supremacy with Matt McGorry

December 6th, 2019

54:22

The Brown Sisters sit down with actor, activist and avid reader Matt McGorry (@MattMcGorry) to discuss unlearning supremacy, loving our bodies and being responsible with our platforms.

music by Tunde Olaniran and Mother …

Charlene Carruthers for President: Facing Election Resistance

November 20th, 2019

45:42

The Brown Sisters sit down with the brilliant Charlene Carruthers, author of Unapologetic and founder of the Chicago Center for Leadership and …

Raising Superheroes

November 7th, 2019

46:52

On this episode, we bringing you an interview from @thebigwepodcast featuring adrienne and Autumn.

What do our superpowers teach us about our …

It’s a Process

October 31st, 2019

1:04:06

The Brown Sisters are finally reunited in conversation, where they discuss rigor, resilience, and discovering creative process in the midst of change and transition.

music by Tunde Olaniran.
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Future Economics Part 2: The Solidarity Economy

October 17th, 2019

38:50

Back in March 2018, adrienne and Autumn recorded Future Economics Part 1: The Money Talk, an intimate conversation about class, wealth, and debt. …

This World Is Ours to Build

October 3rd, 2019

43:29

We’re baaaaack! Sort of. Autumn and adrienne continue to be juggling busy schedules, so we return for the second half of our 2019 season with a …

Guest Podcast 3! - Parenting for Liberation: We Live for the We

September 20th, 2019

1:40:33

For our third guest podcast, we are cross posting a conversation hosted by our friend podcast Parenting for Liberation. This summer PFL, with the Underground Railroad and LOOM, invited Erica Chidi Cohen to moderate a …

Guest Podcast 2! - Beyoncé's Witchy Virgo Season

September 5th, 2019

16:30

Our guest this week is A Little Juju podcast, teaching us the witchy wisdom we need to survive these times. Here's an excerpt we found highly relevant for Virgo Season - so we're releasing it in the window between …

Guest Podcast 1! - Raising Rebels

August 15th, 2019

44:24

Raising trans and queer babies is a fundamental survival strategy for all possible futures. This episode drops us into a sweet conversation between mamas raising queer and trans little ones. Enjoy!

ima ima boss bitch

July 31st, 2019

26:54

As they prepare to go on break for August and September, adrienne and autumn offer listeners a window into what’s been going on behind the scenes, and what’s to come.

music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran
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What Time It Is, with Movement Generation

July 17th, 2019

52:11

The sisters have wanted to interview Movement Generation since they conceived of this podcast. Recently, adrienne got to hear Michelle Mascarenhas-Swan give a talk on how we got to this moment of climate apocalypse. …

Sister Interview on Pleasure Activism

July 3rd, 2019

1:07:20

Autumn guides adrienne into deeper vulnerability around her NY Times bestselling book Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good.

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Live Show, U of M

June 19th, 2019

1:36:59

Hopefully this is better late than never. The sound quality on this show wasn't up to @muzachary's standards, but the cost/benefit analysis of having …

Leaving Michael Jackson?

June 5th, 2019

47:50

Autumn and adrienne talk with DJs, @iamrimarkable, @djkuttinkandi, and @larumorosa about Michael Jackson in the wake of the Leaving Neverland documentary. This is a tender, tough conversation.

music by Mother Cyborg and …

Is Hodor the Real Hero of GOT? (Let Them Eat Spoilers)

May 21st, 2019

58:27

adrienne and Autumn discuss the highs and lows, surprises and disappointments, and the visionary fashion, of the final season of Game of Thrones.

music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran
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Browns at Brown: A Live Show

May 12th, 2019

1:19:02

The Brown sisters, live at Brown University, with a special guest and lots of feelings. Happy Mother's Day to all who mother!

music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran

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A Spoilerific Dive Into NK Jemisin's Apocalypse

May 1st, 2019

44:25

The Brown Sisters read NK Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy and remembered they knew her and could maybe maybe get a real conversation. Here, they gush …

Laurence McKeown, Prisoner to Playwright

April 17th, 2019

1:42:33

Laurence McKeown was our gracious host and patient teacher in Northern Ireland - here he tells some of his epic awesome story from teenager to IRA …

An Uneasy Peace

April 3rd, 2019

1:00:41

Autumn and adrienne share stories from their visionary fiction journey through Northern Ireland, what they learned from the legacy of the conflict, and the possibility of repair in the aftermath of harm.

music by Mother …

Disability Justice for the Apocalypse: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarsinha Gets Us Together

March 20th, 2019

57:48

Prolific writer Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarsinha is a queer disabled femme writer, organizer, performance artist and educator of Burgher/Tamil Sri …

Wait, it's 2019!

March 6th, 2019

46:12

The Brown sisters look ahead at 2019 with dreams of glory.

music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran and the song, "True Love" written by Michaela Harrison (https://www.facebook.com/Michaela-A-Harrison-145987342079532/)
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2018 From Trash to Treasure

December 19th, 2018

1:04:06

The Brown sisters find the magnificent treasures of culture and life lessons amongst the dumpster firescape of 2018. Listen for our faves of …

The Practice of Freedom: A Conversation with Siwatu-Salama Ra and Rhonda Anderson

December 6th, 2018

57:04

We are humbled and honored to speak with Siwatu-Salama Ra, an environmental activist based in Detroit who was wrongfully imprisoned while pregnant, …

The Practices We Need: #metoo and Transformative Justice Part 2

November 7th, 2018

59:48

Today the Brown sisters talk with transformative justice practitioner Mariame Kaba (@prisonculture) and get our minds blown with frameworks and …

Elections in End Times #BlackNovember

October 24th, 2018

1:15:25

Join the Brown sisters for a conversation with Three Point Strategies' Jessica Byrd and Kayla Reed. We cover basically everything we need to know about engaging in the electoral process, especially this corrupt age, …

Apocalypse Survival Skills #1: Grow and Preserve

October 17th, 2018

35:44

In this episode, our resident inexpert gardener, Autumn, talks us through the trials of garden management and the glory of food preservation.

Music by Tunde Olaniran (his new album, "Stranger", is out now!) and Mother …

The Apocalypse We Live In : State Violence and Repression

October 10th, 2018

1:04:08

Join us for a difficult conversation about how we sustain movements under state violence and repression.

Music by Tunde Olaniran (his new album, …

Dr. Ford's Dignity

October 2nd, 2018

12:32

We must define our own victories in this daunting political climate.

Music by Tunde Olaniran and Mother Cyborg
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The Impossible Things About Us

September 26th, 2018

56:24

In this episode, the brown sisters explore the impossible things about us, and how getting in right relationship with ourselves, our vulnerability, …

Black Love: A Day at the Museum

September 12th, 2018

1:28:42

Autumn and adrienne are back from their summer break. In this episode, the Brown sisters share their powerful experience at the National Museum of …

And We Out!

July 3rd, 2018

27:19

adrienne and Autumn check in around summer
plans. (We're taking July and August off and will be back at it come September.)

How to Survive Live in Detroit

June 19th, 2018

1:06:27

Every year in June, social justice organizers, artists, and media makers from around the country (and beyond) gather in Detroit for the Allied Media Conference. Autumn and adrienne sat down on day 3 of the event, with …

The Apocalypse We Need: #metoo and Transformative Justice Part 1

June 5th, 2018

47:58

This episode is the first in a series of conversations about #metoo and the apocalypse of patriarchy and rape culture. In this first conversation, …

Your People Will Find You: The Octavia Butler Legacy Network

May 22nd, 2018

1:02:18

"The act of writing itself was a kind of therapy." - Octavia Butler

https://www.patreon.com/oeblegacy

The Brown sisters sat down with the brilliant team at the Octavia E Butler Legacy Network to learn about their Octavia …

In the Pattern

May 8th, 2018

53:19

"When her enemies came to kill her, she knew more about surviving than they did about killing." - Octavia Butler, Wild Seed

The Brown sisters geek out over Octavia Butler's Patternist series, finding lessons and …

Reshaping Apocalypse

April 24th, 2018

56:57

In this episode, adrienne interviews Autumn about apocalypse in the popular imagination, the myths and realities of disasters and their aftermath, …

4/20 SPECIAL: The People's Peanut Butter

April 20th, 2018

40:20

Get high with amb for 4ty minutes and 20 seconds (4/20 special).

Music by Tunde Olaniran, Mother Cyborg and Blue Dot Sessions
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Taking Root Amongst the Stars with Chani Nicholas

April 10th, 2018

1:03:05

"Our destiny is to take root amongst the stars." - Octavia Butler

The Brown sisters go behind the night sky with one of our favorite astrologers, …

Future Economics Part 1: The Money Talk

March 27th, 2018

1:08:39

For this episode, Autumn and adrienne peel back the layers of story, assumption and shame around class, debt and money.

This is the first of an on-going series that will look at post apocalyptic economics.

Additional …

There’s a New World Comin’ with Toshi Reagon

March 13th, 2018

49:21

In today’s episode, the Brown sisters interview the legendary Toshi Reagon about the making of the Parable of the Sower Opera, a production years in the making, based on the dystopian novel by Octavia E. Butler. We …

The Wisdom Body

February 27th, 2018

1:07:56

In this episode the Brown sisters explore their shared practice of tarot reading, from what it is, to how they use it, to what it has to do with survival and justice. Episode includes 2018 readings!

Music by Tunde …

44 Minutes on Wakanda

February 24th, 2018

45:03

The Brown sisters went to Wakanda! Afterwards we recorded 44 minutes of gushing, SPOILERIFIC processing of the movie! Why 44? Because that's how much room we had on our SD card, and Shuri wasn't there to help us. Come, …

Shitting Our Pants

February 13th, 2018

37:23

The Brown Sisters are back! In our kickoff of Season 2, we share our gratitude and lessons from the pilot season, teasers of what is coming your way this year, and let you in on the way this podcast is transforming our …

Grieving, Loving Ursula Le Guin

January 29th, 2018

11:23

Writer Ursula K. Le Guin died last week. She was 88. adrienne reflects on her relationship with the god, the writer, the thinker, the mother.

(with an …

Star Wars: A Spoiler Extravaganza

December 29th, 2017

54:46

Bonus Episode!

Autumn and adrienne went to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi and couldn't let the year end with a somewhat tipsy spoiler extravaganza on …

A Breathing Chorus with Alexis Pauline Gumbs

December 20th, 2017

1:11:49

"To get along with God, consider the consequences of your behavior." - Octavia Butler, Earthseed Verses

We are so excited to bring to you a conversation with our amazing comrade, our inspirational thought-leader, Alexis …

Decolonize the Body

December 12th, 2017

58:12

We are Earthseed. We are flesh—self aware, questing, problem-solving flesh. We are that aspect of Earthlife best able to shape God knowingly. We are …

Completion Matters

December 5th, 2017

38:27

"To survive, let the past teach you. Past customs, struggles, leaders and thinkers. Let these help you. Let them inspire you, warn you, give you strength. But beware, God is change. Past is past. What was cannot come …

Let the Ancestors Speak

November 28th, 2017

57:02

We want you to know more about who we are. We thought one way to do that is to open a window on to our creative practices of writing fiction, which leads into a conversation about channeling our ancestors.

We believe …

God is Change

November 21st, 2017

50:14

Welcome to the pilot season of How to Survive the End of the World. This first season is us learning what this show wants and needs to be, and giving listeners a chance to get to know us. We dive deep pretty quickly so …

Trailer: This is how to survive the end of the world

November 7th, 2017

2:59

How to Survive the End of the World is a new podcast hosted by sisters Autumn and adrienne maree brown.

The Brown Sisters are learning from the apocalypse with grace, rigor and curiosity.

Autumn Brown is a queer science …

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